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Kom ash-Shuqqafa Catacombs

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Cairo, Egypt.

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When a donkey accidentally fell through the ground with his cart, no one expected the discovery that was about to be made. These ancient catacombs date back to 2AD and are underground burial crypts of upper class Romans. The details of this subterranean zone defy comprehensible description- the walls are all engraved and designed with intricate patterns and the tunnels are complex and well laid out- it is said they have as much technological expertise as that of our modern day subway systems but are far more detailed and aesthetically pleasing.

There are two main burial chambers, spiral staircases, statues, rotundas and even a banqueting hall where relatives visiting the tombs would dine. The Catacombs have been opened up to the public since 1995, but you won't be able to bring your camera inside.

Written by  Mary Kate Alfieri.

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